|Mental Maps and Cognitive Gaps
||People who make judgments that affect others’ lives might not see how their own needs and biases influence their decisions.
|Brain monitoring takes a leap out of the lab
||Bioengineers and cognitive scientists have developed the first portable, 64-channel wearable brain activity monitoring system that’s comparable to state-of-the-art equipment found in research laboratories. The system is a better fit for real-world applications because it is equipped with dry EEG sensors that are easier to apply than wet sensors, while still providing high-density brain activity data.
|Flipping molecular 'switch' may reduce nicotine's effects in the brain
||A lipid (fat molecule) in brain cells may act as a "switch" to increase or decrease the motivation to consume nicotine, new research demonstrates.
|The Curious Incident of the Black NFL Kicker
||Black kickers have long been absent from the NFL. Why?
|Laziness and Procrastination
||"I am so lazy." What should we think of this?
|New role for motor neurons discovered
||The view of the role of motor neurons could be changing, thanks to new research. Motor neurons, which extend from the spinal cord to muscles and other organs, have always been considered passive recipients of signals from interneuronal circuits. Now, however, researchers have demonstrated a new, direct signalling pathway through which motor neurons influence the locomotor circuits that generate rhythmic movements.
|Exercising Because You Want To
||Anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and purging; all eating disorders that involve an unhealthy obsession about food and body image. Having control over food is the only way many people are … ...
|Making a Profound Commitment to Yourself
||In a recent yoga class, one of the instructors talked about tossing out resolutions and instead making a commitment. She gave the example of committing to saying something truly positive … ...
|Dogs Recognize Emotional States Using Mental Representations
||A new study shows that dogs use different senses to categorize emotional states in humans and other dogs and form abstract mental representations to do so.
|Uncomfortable with Feeling Sadness? These Tips Might Help...
||When we’re upset, many of us do everything but cope with our sadness. We work. We shop. We eat. We drink. We clean. We run errands. We organize. We simply don’t stop moving. And we convince ourselves that we’re too busy to feel sad. We … ...
|Science Digs Into Consciousness, Soul, & The Afterlife
||Some scientists say consciousness does not end when this life ends....
|Wired to Create
||The creative mind is full of contradictions,and the tension between opposing traits and mental processes may give rise to the desire to harmonize the tension through creative work.
|Emotion dysregulation in borderline personality disorder: A problem of too much drive and too little control?
||Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a diagnostic label applied to people who have problems regulating emotional mood swings. This emotional instability leaves such individuals vulnerable to emotional upheaval that puts them at risk for problem behaviors, including self-destructive acts and impulsive aggression. A new study provides a quantitative summary of the brain abnormalities that may be underlying the emotional upheaval patients with BPD experience daily.
|Where Are We Now? – David Bowie and Psychosis
||The mercurial David Bowie has left the capsule and the world is a poorer place. His circuit is dead, and there definitely is something wrong, at least for those of us still on Planet Earth. There have been many tributes, noting Bowie’s impact on music, art and cinema, and the extent of his eclectic tastes. […]
|Is autism hiding in a fold of the brain?
||Scientists have identified a cerebral marker specific to autism that can be detected by MRI and is present as from the age of two years. The abnormality thus detected consists in a less deep fold in Broca's area, a region of the brain specialized in language and communication, functions that are impaired in autistic patients. This discovery may assist in the earlier diagnosis and management of these patients.
|You Can Feel Happier By Changing The Tone of Your Voice, Study Finds
People listen to their own voices, at least in part, to learn how they feel, study finds.
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|Fighting Radical Islam — A Virus of the Mind
||The ideology of ISIS is a mental parasite that self-replicates, evolves, and spreads best through destruction. Stopping this viral replicator from infecting more brains is a must.
|Creativity is the Way We Share Our Truths: Q&A...
||A big obstacle that stops us from creating is the belief that our creations must be perfect or pretty. And if they’re neither, we quit or berate ourselves, or we … ...
|Today I Love The Snow Globe World Outside My Window
||Today I love the snow globe world outside my window. Although it’s yet another plain grey day, every now and then I look out the window and the finest dust … ...
|Where “I’m Not Good Enough” Comes From
||It is amazing how the words a person speaks can become their reality. It begins with a thought tossed around in the head and the more weight it is given, the more power it has. Think something often enough and eventually it comes out of … ...